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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 92-86 victory over Boston, and why Kobe Bryant may leave the Lakers for Italy

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--The New York Daily News' Frank Isola reports Kobe Bryant may return to Italy if he doesn't agree with the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement. Isola quotes an unnamed teammate who said that Bryant recently threatened, "I'll play in Europe" when they were discussing the potential of an NBA lockout this summer and the ramifications of a new agreement.

Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan calls the Lakers' 92-86 victory over the Boston Celtics the most important win of the season.

--The Boston Globe's Julian Benbow explains how the Celtics folded down the stretch.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding argues that the Lakers passed a huge test by beating the Celtics.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford details the Lakers' ability to rally against the Celtics. 

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan reports that Lakers Coach Phil Jackson asked longtime friend and sports psychologist George Mumford to talk to the players several hours before the Lakers-Celtics game.

--The Orange County Register's Ding talks about the eight stitches Lamar Odom had to the head.

--The Boston Herald's Mark Murphy provides a timetable for Delonte West's return.

--The Daily News' Teaford looks at Jackson's reaction to Jerry Sloan's decision to step down as Utah's head coach.

Sidebars

--The Associated Press reports that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's recent tweet that he's "cancer free" is a misstatement and that it's at a "minimum."

--The Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett talks about Ray Allen breaking Reggie Miller's record for the most three-pointers in NBA history.

--Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix focuses on Allen's work ethic.

--ESPN Boston's Peter May highlights Allen's career.

Columns

--The Times' Bill Plaschke expresses giddiness over the Lakers' win over Boston.

--The Times' Mark Heisler looks at Sloan's departure.

--NBA.com's Steve Aschburner spotlights the Lakers' toughness against Boston.

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore points out why the supposed trade talk involving Carmelo Anthony and the Lakers is ridiculous.

--The Boston Herald's Ron Borges praises Allen's longevity.

--ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg argues that the Celtics shouldn't worry too much about their loss to the Lakers.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin notes Bryant's second-half dominance against Boston.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne says the Lakers' patience during adverse moments finally paid off.

--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen argues that the Lakers took advantage of Boston's depleted lineup.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz says Andrew Bynum's effort showed why the Lakers need him.

--Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski maintains that Bryant has set out to prove his critics wrong once again.

Blogs

--The Boston Globe's Gary Dzen highlights Allen's record-setting night.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' victory over the Celtics.

--Celtics Blog's Jeff Clark says he feared that Boston would lose.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell offers a running diary.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano argues that the Lakers played smarter than the Celtics.

--Silver Screen and Roll's Dexter Fishmore likes how the Lakers worked the ball on offense.

Tweet of the Day: "That @Lakers performance tells me that the players don't want Melo and definitely want Bynum to stay" -- landondonovan (Galaxy and U.S. forward Landon Donovan)

Reader Comment of the Day:"How awesome is it that the 100th win of the Lucky Barstool was against the Celtics on their home court? Pretty ... awesome. I treated the bar to a shot of Jameson with the win and we toasted to the Lucky Barstool (now 100-18). Awesome. " -- Jon K.

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Photo: Kobe Bryant works in the post against the Celtics' Ray Allen in the second half Thursday night in Boston. Credit: Elise Amendola / Associated Press

 
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Jon K. for the win! Happy RF Award, bro!


DBDH!

Jon K. congrats on the RCOTD!

Sup everyone,
Still sick as a dog. It ain't pretty.
Just checking in to say "hey" to everyone....
Hey.

Hey Justa,

get well soon! The mamba clan needs it's leader!

RCOTD = JON K. = OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!! KUDOS!!

RCOTD = JON K. = OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!! KUDOS!!

Just checking in to say "hey" to everyone....
Hey.Posted by: justanothermambafan | February 11, 2011 at 10:38 AM
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HEY!

WOW!!!!! A TRIPLE MAMBA LINE-UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can't believe there are still so many "Pau Gasol = soft" comments in here after last night's game. He might not tear rims down but wasn't he pretty effective on both sides of the ball?

Best sign for the Lakers is that they stayed within their game and didn't panic and shoot 3's on every possession once they fell behind like they usually do.

Hey, justa.

DBDH!

Reader Comment of the Day:"How awesome is it that the 100th win of the Lucky Barstool was against the Celtics on their home court? Pretty ... awesome. I treated the bar to a shot of Jameson with the win and we toasted to the Lucky Barstool (now 100-18). Awesome. " -- Jon K.

YES MM, THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKIN ABOUT! Ray who? The best record set last night was the 100th win for the lucky barstool!

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OUTSTANDING tweet by native Angeleno & South Bay's own soccer superstar Landon Donovan - GO GALAXY!


AS ALWAYS - AND FOREVER - GO LAKERS!!!!!!

Jon K - I love that barstool baybee...keep up the great streak...Lakers don't need a switch...if we have a must win game...we will send Jon K to Cleveland to sit on the lucky barstool to watch a game...automatic win...lmao...

congrats on the Friedman too...

What do we play for?

YES MM, THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKIN ABOUT! Ray who? The best record set last night was the 100th win for the lucky barstool! Posted by: CyberCosmiX | February 11, 2011 at 10:51 AM
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YES, YES, YES!! LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

@LT – good article. Ding is also my favorite.

@London Laker – Pau is currently one of the top 20 players. Kobe is one of the greatest EVER. No comparison.

@Fan of Mamba – rocking Montell…South Central flava!

NBA4ever – I strongly disagree with your sentiments about DWill.

@PSP – I did catch some of the Mavs-Nuggets. Melo is a scoring machine indeed and a very special talent. Who wouldn’t want someone as skilled as Melo? But I still prefer how this team is built. I want to see them ride it out and see if they can 3peat.

@Jon K - Congrats on RCOTD.

@Bay to LA - some folks confuse finesse with "soft". Label it whatever they want. I'm glad Pau is a Laker.

Still sick as a dog. It ain't pretty. Posted by: justanothermambafan | February 11, 2011 at 10:38 AM
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Well as I have often said when the Head of the Mamba Clan hurts…The Mamba Clan hurts as well. So I guess this Flu I have at the moment is a sympathy Flu! LOL! And oh by the way, it may not be pretty but you....are the Most Beautiful Being In Creation!!! Carry On.


@JONK... Congrats to you and to the Lucky Barstool for the Friedman. That was just a memorable game by Kobe and our dominating frontcourt trio of Drew, Pau, and Lamar. Drew came to play and dominated Perkins, Pau clearly outplayed KG, and after the collision, Lamar played like a beast. When Kobe our Bigs play like that, the Lakers cannot be beaten in a 7-game series.
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Jon K - I totally forgot to say something in last post about your comment. I really don't understand why that barstool isn't in CA. It needs to be shipped ASAP! You shouldn't have to subject yourself to the Cleveland haters everytime you utilize it's "magic"al powers!

Oh and BTW, this whole Kobe to Italy stuff with a lockout - who cares - KCAL and FSW will be sure to broadcast every game he plays so we won't miss out.

And besides - doesn't he own a team there? I'd say he hedged his position - as every goood trader does!!

Cheers - PLG

I realize that the Celtics have people missing. Which is fine, they miss a couple of bench role players and claim its not their team, and that in turn invalidates that the 08 championship because we were missing a couple of starters, not just bench players.

So that's fine. That admission by them notwithstanding, I saw that they are still the team with possibly the best ball movement in the NBA. Why is that a big deal? Because when push comes to shove, the team they rely on is their much vaunted never-lost-a-series starting 5...and that team lost on Thursday.

And even with the Laker in such a sorry state as they (allegedly) are, its good to see that the truth that was evident to us in last years series is true this year. The defense can stifle a really well-tuned team like the Celtics, and the Lakers aren't awed by the moment nor intimidated by the Garden....they are more than capable of maintaining resolve and mounting huge comebacks.

By the same token, I give the Celtics a bit of credit. They didn't go into that Thibodeau inspired D, and didn't really play that card yet. They still have no one that can stop Kobe, but I don't think we've seen their best defense. They didn't send their double team and scramble after. Its a little poker playing by both coaches, which is fun to see.

Anyways, despite the contentiousness of this rivalry, truth be told, we've all been treated to some very good basketball in the past 3 years. Last night's game is included in that.

Kumbaya....

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OK, I'm coming back early from the trade deadline since basketball is being discussed again instead of ludicrous trade scenarios...

Great Game! Still Watching Tape-Delayed...
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Congratulations Magic Phil & Wife! Blessings for a Continued Happy Life...

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Red's Love Child & 131:

When the Lakers moved from Minneapolis to LA, the team wasn't disbanded, Contracts weren't terminated, etc. Your argument doesn't hold water.

If that were true, any company that moves from one state to another would no longer be the same company. For that matter, any person or family that moves from state to state would lose their family identity and history.

Nice try though. Keep grasping at straws. I guess Beantown is starting to worry about its legacy...

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OK, I'm coming back early from the trade deadline since basketball is being discussed again instead of ludicrous trade scenarios...

Great Game! Still Watching Tape-Delayed...
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Congratulations Magic Phil & Wife! Blessings for a Continued Happy Life...

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Red's Love Child & 131:

When the Lakers moved from Minneapolis to LA, the team wasn't disbanded, Contracts weren't terminated, etc. Your argument doesn't hold water.

If that were true, any company that moves from one state to another would no longer be the same company. For that matter, any person or family that moves from state to state would lose their family identity and history.

Nice try though. Keep grasping at straws. I guess Beantown is starting to worry about its legacy...

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CONGRATS MAGIC PHIL & WIFE ON YOUR 6TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY – BANDWAGON *_________________________________________________________________________*
This Weekend, Feb 12th, me & Magic Wife are hitting 6 fantastic years together,! Thanks for the bandwagon. 6 years and getting strong!!!! And nothing better than a victory over the Celts to celebrate this date in a good fashion! Thanks everyone!!! Thanks for your kind words. And yes, we have our batteries at full charge in the present moment, and when they're not, our power generator, 5 yo Magic Alex, recharge us all. And carry on!
MAGIC PHIL
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(01) EDWIN GUECO – OWNER - Magic Phil congratulations on your Magic 6. Be careful of the 7 year itch next year, this is a prelude of going back to burgers. The formula of a long lasting marriage is like the Lakers team work of give and take. You're like batteries with different poles on each side, use it wisely to create contacts. When both of you are focused only on the negative poles, then the contact becomes sour and itchy self-centered. Both of you would just be concentrated on your own batteries and forgot theories of conduits and conduction. As a result, there is no light in your flashlight of relationship. Your batteries are alive but has no power to bring out light (like those flashlights made in China lol!) Did I make sense Magic Phil?
(02) LROB – DRIVER - MagicPhil, Congratulations in advance you on your 6th anniversary. (Just look how far the Lakers have come since you got married :-) Magic Phil, Since you had New England Clam Chowder yesterday, may I suggest Manhattan Clam Chowder tonight. Happy Anniversary. May your years together be as harmonious as the sweet sounds of Harry Ray, Al Goodman and Billy Brown. (formerly known as the Moments) Happy Anniversary http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltXHyqp426I
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – RIDING SHOTGUN – CONGRATS MAGIC PHIL
(04) LAKERLASS – RIDING SHOTGUN2 – Congrats Magic Phil
(05) MAMBA24 – Magic Phil you know I have to say it, Congrats and…OUT FREAKIN STANDING to you and the Mrs…Carry On Folks!!
(06) FAN OF THE MAMBA – Happy Anniversary Magic Phil! Marriage is a great thing!
(07) LEWSTRS - Happy Anniversary Mr and Mrs Magic Phil...i wish you many more...Keep up the good work Phil...
(08) : JUSTA (formerly JustaLakerFan) - Magic Phil, please enjoy your 6th year anniversary. May you and the Mrs enjoy many more to come
(09) LAKERTOM - @MAGIC PHIL... Congrats to you and Mrs. Magic for your 6th. May you someday match Mrs. LakerTom’s and my 44th. There is NOTHING in life more important than loving and being loved by your soul mate. May your marriage be as blessed as the Lakers are blessed. It’s the Love.
(10) JOLLY RANCHER - Magic Phil, I keep forgetting to post my congratulatory sentiments for you and Mrs. Magic. 6 years is a great mark, but I hope the Mrs. realizes that the 5 year 50K mi warranty is up. She can't return you or invoke the lemon law now.
(11) CYBERCOSMIX - Magic Phil: May you celebrate another 66 years of marital bliss! Hopefully, the Lakers provide you with a perfect gift: A win tonight in NYC!

I hate CBA's in general. I'm a little more free market type, but certainly CBA has helped the likes of Walton and such, but I'd argue, at the expense of the players that actually pay the bills.

It should be more money for the guys that BRING IN the money, and less money for the guys that don't bring in the money.

Kobe should be making like 35-40 million on this roster and guys like Brown or Fisher should make like 1 million.

But hey, I'm just some guy with an opinion and it would never go down like that.

Luxury taxes are BS. They need to go.
Salary cap sucks. It needs to go.
Teams that don't make money need to be extinguished or restructured.
Contracts need less guarantees and more pay for performance.

If they'll do just the last one, we'll have a much better league.

And my overall opinion is that owners either don't make money or they don't make enough - which tells me that overhead is too high or revenue too short - either way, it reflects inflated salaries for the majority of players.

Jon K - I totally forgot to say something in last post about your comment. I really don't understand why that barstool isn't in CA. It needs to be shipped ASAP! You shouldn't have to subject yourself to the Cleveland haters everytime you utilize it's "magic"al powers!Posted by: PsychedLakerGirl | February 11, 2011 at 11:12 AM
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YES, YES, YES!!! What Psyched says is quite trueROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!


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CONGRATS MAGIC PHIL & WIFE ON YOUR 6TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY – BANDWAGON *_________________________________________________________________________*
(01) EDWIN GUECO – OWNER - Magic Phil congratulations on your Magic 6. Be careful of the 7 year itch next year, this is a prelude of going back to burgers. The formula of a long lasting marriage is like the Lakers team work of give and take. You're like batteries with different poles on each side, use it wisely to create contacts. When both of you are focused only on the negative poles, then the contact becomes sour and itchy self-centered. Both of you would just be concentrated on your own batteries and forgot theories of conduits and conduction. As a result, there is no light in your flashlight of relationship. Your batteries are alive but has no power to bring out light (like those flashlights made in China lol!) Did I make sense Magic Phil?


(12) THE TRIANGULATOR - Congratulations Magic Phil & Wife! Blessings for a Continued Happy Life...

I'm loving the Black Swan. The Black Swan shoots whenever he's open. The White Swan had a tendency to pass up open shots to hold on to the ball and survey the floor. Pau is slowly turning to the dark side, Artest is slowly returning to the dark side, Kobe never left the dark side, and Luke will never join the dark side.
Posted by: LAKER TRUTH | February 11, 2011 at 11:20 AM

OK, I got to say it! OUTFREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!

- Inside out basketball, with Kobe facilitating in the first half resulted in an 8 point deficit. With the offense revolving around Kobe in the second half, the team outscored the Celtics by 14 points. Hmmmmm. The difference was the entire team continued to move and cut, and hustled on defense. Most of Gasol and Bynum's shots were a direct result of Kobe double teams, and the big men took advantage.

Great observation Laker Truth. IMHO this is dead-on!

Jon K,

I thought you moved back to Los Angeles?

"Luxury taxes are BS. They need to go.
Salary cap sucks. It needs to go.
Teams that don't make money need to be extinguished or restructured.
Contracts need less guarantees and more pay for performance.

If they'll do just the last one, we'll have a much better league."

What kind of league do you think will exist without salary caps, luxury taxes, etc? I can't see more than 4-6 franchises surviving with that set-up.

As for the performance based pay, what do you do if a player is on a bad team and his team is refusing to play him because they don't want his salary to go too high? It is a very difficult system to govern.

- The Lakers should hire George Mumford as a permanent consultant.Posted by: LAKER TRUTH | February 11, 2011 at 11:23 AM
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I WOULD!!:
http://www.mbaproject.org/4Youth/the-chicago-bulls-meditate-so-do-the-lakers

@Bay to LA - some folks confuse finesse with "soft". Label it whatever they want. I'm glad Pau is a Laker.

Posted by: LRob | February 11, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Very apt, to say that. While I'm not sure if you're a Football (soccer) fan. I love Basketball and Football, they're mirror opposites, yet have the same kind of energy and intelligence it takes to win.

Pele, who was probably the greatest finesse player ever (sorry, Xavi), was never labeled soft. It's obvious Westerners get finesse confused with 'soft' for sure, since they don't really understand what the word truly means, they try to label it something else. The media is especially guilty of this mindset.


WHY PHIL IS THE BEST NBA COACH !!!
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Watching the Jerry Sloan era in Utah come to a sad and disappointing end makes me appreciate Phil Jackson’s coaching style even more. Contrast how Phil Jackson handled Kobe Bryant ignoring the Triangle Offense to go 1-on-everybody and score 41 in a discouraging loss to the Celtics a little over a week ago with how Jerry Sloan handled the situation when Deron Williams ignored him and decided to call his own plays late in discouraging loss versus Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls. While Phil supported his superstar, Jerry became so discombobulated he resigned midstream.
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Phil has always understood the superstar mentality of today’s players and given them the freedom to make their own decisions on the floor and even to work out their problems when they struggle, believing that great players need to have that freedom in order to play their best. Sloan, on the other hand, likes to call and control every offensive series the Jazz have and when Williams ignored him and called his own plays, the incident became a test of wills between the coach and player about which the new owned sided with the player, resulting in Jerry’s abrupt resignation.
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If you thought it was a sad day for the NBA and professional basketball to see Jerry Sloan leave, just wait until Phil Jackson retires at the end of this year. While Jerry Sloan had become a type of dinosaur in today’s coaching world, Phil Jackson with his soon-to-be 12 rings and 4 three-peats was the greater coach and a perfect paradigm of how to coach superstars in the NBA today. So while I mourn the departure of Jerry Sloan, I still recognize that his time had come and gone.
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I congratulate Jon K. on the Friedman, but I ALSO congratulate the Barstool, for how could Jon K. have won without it? Just shows that basketball blogging is a team sport.

If you thought it was a sad day for the NBA and professional basketball to see Jerry Sloan leave, just wait until Phil Jackson retires at the end of this year. While Jerry Sloan had become a type of dinosaur in today’s coaching world, Phil Jackson with his soon-to-be 12 rings and 4 three-peats was the greater coach and a perfect paradigm of how to coach superstars in the NBA today. So while I mourn the departure of Jerry Sloan, I still recognize that his time had come and gone.Posted by: LakerTom | February 11, 2011 at 11:38 AM
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YES, YES, YES!!!! I have to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!! KUDOS!!!

I congratulate Jon K. on the Friedman, but I ALSO congratulate the Barstool, for how could Jon K. have won without it? Just shows that basketball blogging is a team sport. Posted by: 63 Footer | February 11, 2011 at 11:43 AM
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LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm just wondering, since the Lucky Barstool did the heavy lifting, shouldn't the justa have gone to it instead? Jon K just sits in it, after all...

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justa: Take care, hope that your cold didn't keep you from properly savoring last nights win. Get well soon, we need your positive vibes on the blog!

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LakerTom: I'm with you, last night's win was a thing of beauty. We dominated the perimeter with Kobe, and thoroughly locked down the inside with our bigs. The C's simply don't have a match for our size & versatility, doesn't matter if they acquired Shaq O'Neal, Jermaine O'Neal or Patrick O'Neal - they have no one who can match the Laker bigs.

If I were a C's fan right now, I'd be very worried. Ray Allen looks like a traffic cone guarding Kobe, and we have our way inside, with the length to keep the Celtic 'bigs' (that's a misnomer if there ever was one!) away from all tips and contested rebounds, contest all their shots.

It was nice to see us flex a little bit, remind the league who the two-time defending champ is. Hopefully now we can stay undefeated the rest of the trip and hit the all-star break in stride.

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Magic Johnson is now on twitter: @MagicJohnson


AS ALWAYS - AND FOREVER - GO LAKERS!!!!!!

LakerTom,

That is a sad commentary upon the character of NBA players.

Isn't that sweet!!! Marky Medina chose his lover Jonny Boy K as the quote of the day!! So cute, the two of you! Congrats on finding love together!!!


@HOBBITMAGE... “That is a sad commentary upon the character of NBA players.”
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Hola, hobbit. Sadly, I have to agree with you but that’s been the reality in the NBA for a long time from Magic Johnson getting Paul Westhead fired to Deron Williams causing Jerry Sloan to retire. It’s definitely going to be a very difficult challenge for whomever takes over for Phil Jackson. First and foremost, that coach is going to have to have the full support of Kobe Bryant to succeed. Maybe somebody whom Kobe respects greatly like Coach K could demand that the players play how he wants them to but more likely the Lakers are going to promote an assistant like Brian Shaw who will not only continue the Triangle but also continue giving Kobe the freedom to control the game and decide when to be a facilitator and when to be a closer. That’s my hope for tomorrow. A superb game by Kobe by the way. He totally controlled the game from tip off to final buzzer.
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63: ROFL you beat me to the punch regarding the Lucky Barstool!

BTW you were asked the other night about the times my father sat in on poker games with Dr. Buss, I'm not sure about how much coin (lol) was thrown around, but Dr. Buss was a great player my dad would tell me. He was pretty matter of fact about it, they knew each other in a casual way since my dad ran into him in the early showtime days at Hollywood Park and told him his mother's family were also Buss.

My father was a nice poker player, but that wasn't his game. I remember him being in a poker tourney in Bell that Dr. Buss was also in, but he loved Pai Gow and when we'd take trips to Vegas he'd hit the Baccarat tables.

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Sloan was tough-nosed, but star PG/coach confrontations are nothing new, especially for those longtime Laker fans that remember a certain '81 season...


AS ALWAYS - AND FOREVER - GO LAKERS!!!!!!

Great game.. Great game! Few comments:

- What do you know?? Gasol decided to FLIP that proverbial switch again and was actually looking for his shot... 20 manly points n 10 grizzly rebounds in a statement game

- even bynum showed up and made his presence felt actually fighting for inside position.. Hopefully this will somewhat quell any ridiculous bspn hyped melo trade talks... As much as I'm for trading bynum melo is simply not the answer.. You just don't trade offense for defense at this point. Melo is simply not a high IQ bball player who would loathe the triangle and probably not buy into the system... He's a below average passer with a ballhog shoot first mentality who needs the ball to be effective... the nba needs him in NY and that's where he's heading so get in ur heads people!!

- not hearing much about artest defensive contributions which are again going overlooked... Held wheelchair paula to 6-15 shooting... Phil stuck with him for 39 minutes and without luke in the game pierce never found his rhythim.

- turning point in game was when phil stuck with shannon n blake all the way down to the 5min mark in 4th quarter... By that point game was firmly in control and even dfish could not blow the lead!!

- oh and celts may have been undermanned inside but in both matchups lakers also didn't have barnes.... And believe me he will make his presence felt guarding pierce should we meet again.. We miss you matty!! comeback soon!!

GO LAKERS

Congrats JonK and thank you for the Lucky Stool.

Was last night's game awesome or what?!!! Unfortunately, I closed my eyes for a brief shut eye during half-time (had only a few hours sleep the night before) and totally missed the mauling of the Celtics in the second half! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrggggggh!

But from what I hear, our boys were spectacular. Our starting 5 beat the crap out of their starting 5 (eat our shorts, Doc Rivers).

(had only a few hours sleep the night before) and totally missed the mauling of the Celtics in the second half! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrggggggh!

Posted by: Seely_Iggy | February 11, 2011 at 12:23 PM

I've missed half a dozen New Year's, crazzzzy parties, etc

I also hate when that happens. LOL.

Testament to Jerry Sloan and to Phil Jackson, courtesy of J.A. Adande:

One notion that floated around the internet when Jerry Sloan resigned Thursday was that Sloan can’t be considered a great coach because he never won a championship. That’s the wrong way to look at Sloan’s career. You can’t judge NBA coaches on that criteria because a small cadre hoards the coaching championships in this league. When Larry Brown stepped down earlier this season it left only three active coaches who have won championships: Phil Jackson, Gregg Popovich and Doc Rivers. How exclusive is this club? There are more living former U.S. Presidents than active NBA championship coaches.


Sloan never got to face Riley in the playoffs. He split two playoff series with Popovich and went 0-5 against Jackson. On that last one there is once again comfort in the masses. The number of active coaches who have beaten Jackson in the playoffs is the same number who have won championships: three (Popovich, Rivers and Mike D’Antoni, whose Knicks go up against Jackson’ Lakers in Madison Square Garden tonight).


LIFE WITH BYNUM EARNS POSITIVE REVIEWS
By Adrian Wojnarowski for Yahoo Sports
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=aw-bynumlakers021111
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Another excellent article about Drew. Here is an excerpt:
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“The ball found Bynum inside on Thursday night, and he delivered 16 points and nine rebounds. He protected the rim. He was fully engaged. Ultimately, this is the Lakers formula: They went inside to Bynum and Pau Gasol for offense throughout the game, and it was Kobe Bryant closing with big shots and big stops on defense over the final minutes.”
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“For all the pointless speculation on something that won’t happen – the Lakers trading a young and gifted 7-foot center – this victory over the Celtics was a reminder of how vital that frontline of Bynum, Gasol and Lamar Odom means to this franchise. Nobody matches the power and precision of that frontline when it plays the way it did for most of Thursday night. Bynum is still impressionable, and the manufactured swirl surrounding his future clearly concerned Jackson.”
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“Yet, this is part of life on the big stage of the Lakers. When someone had asked Bryant on Wednesday about his concern for how Bynum was handling all this, he simply said, ‘If he can’t handle this, how’s he going to handle a Game 7?’”
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‘Yet Bryant and the Lakers know the answer to that question because they watched Bynum drag an injured leg up and down the floor in Game 7 against the Celtics in last season’s NBA Finals. Bynum’s proven his worth, his toughness to them. They know he’s a keeper, and they know the championship chase is probably an empty proposition without him.”
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TOM

Beating Bean Town was awesome. Tonight's game against the Knicks it's the perfect opportunity for Bynum to show Knick fans he's value to the Lakers vs. Melo. It's really a statement game for Bynum than it is for the Lakers.

Lakers should go for the kill, take care of business in NY, then sweep Orlando, Charlotte and Cleveland. 7-0 is realistic, defense will be the key.

--The Times' Bresnahan reports that Lakers Coach Phil Jackson asked longtime friend and sports psychologist George Mumford to talk to the players several hours before the Lakers-Celtics game.

- Great read about Phil's handling of the team!!!
- Phil won't show all his tricks just now. This is a journey till the FINALS so go step by step. Amazing ZEN MASTER!

- But it was just a W so just keep calm and get better.

But it still is a feel good Win & thanks MAMBA24 for keeping this community high during this troubled times when media shoots at the team.

How about a trade that sends Artest and Blake (plus trade exception or cash) to Utah for Deron Williams? I think Barnes can start at SF as effective as Artest. Also, DFish and DWilliams worked together well in Utah.

zen,

I have moved back to Los Angeles, but am visiting Ohio to see family, friends, and to ensure a victory over the Celtics in Boston.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

As i said few days ago, Gasol would improve his performance as the important part of the season comes closer, cause he does the same every year.
koby was amazing last night, i loved the way he played. Lakers just need to improve fisher, Artest and Blake to win this ring. Specially Blake, he played terrible in my oppinion, but he is a quality player, i have a good feeling about this team.

Btw where are Cecil and hobbitmage? bashing Gasol? oh, i see, he shut ur mouth showing how good he is in the court just like always. some pple will never learn

Specially Blake, he played terrible in my oppinion, but he is a quality player, i have a good feeling about this team.

Posted by: Eurotriple | February 11, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Not all of that is on Blake. Rondo, Robinson, Pierce, all have the experience/ability to create contact or the illusion of contact. Steve's a scrappy kind of player, which leaves him in situations that create fouls. He can't scale his D back, he needs to play that way. Trust me, Blake isn't the PG who Rondo, Robinson and Pierce have made a fool out of, and he won't be the last, either.

GRSWE!!!!!!!!!

Greatest

Regular

Season

Win

Ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Last night at least showed me we still can compete for that 3rd in a row! As much as I would like Melo, and I don't fully trust Andrew's health and meanside, think we have to keep him. I think our team will show up when they have to.

Congrats MP and JK and get well Justa and Mamba24!

Hey guys. We should have a post up. Sorry I've been out in the field all morning collecting some interviews

Jon K. is being modest... he actually braved Ohio... OHIO PEOPLE! solely in order to get to that Lucky Barstool and INSURE a win over the Celtics. THAT is dedication. (Family and friends was just a smokescreen so the Celtics fans wouldn't get wind of it.)

>>>If that were true, any company that moves from one state to another would
>>>no longer be the same company. For

Yep. That's right, Red.

The Celtics still get to count their past trophies, even though they moved from the Boston Garden to TD Garden.

If moves invalidate past victories, then the "Lakers as currently situated" have 5 championships, while the "Celtics as currently situated" have 1 championship.

Face it. The greatness of the Celtics is a thing of the past.

CyberCosmiX,

The Lucky Barstool actually functions as an advanced psychic focusing device not unlike Cerebro.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerebro

It is not impossible that it would function similarly in the hands of another disciplined Lakeraholic.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

konichiwa, my fellow Lakers bretheren. ah, i love the smell of victory in the morning, ESPECIALLY, after a Lakers victory over the boston celtics! how sweet was that? i bet you maniacs were crazy as the black mamba closed out the celtics. i'm going to have to find some way to see the L.A./NY game today in japan. it's just after 6:00am on saturday morning. keep it up Lakers. it's not how you start.....it's how you FINISH! 29 games to go until you defend your nba CROWN!

LakerTom

On Sloan, Jackson and Bynum, right on! Your post on Jerry Sloan was not only accurate, but brilliantly and professionally composed. You get my RCOTD!! Frankly, as poorly as it speaks of today's athletes, it also speaks volumes of his shortcomings when compared to those who learned how to roll with it and win championships.

In honor of the Knicks game tonight...

Landry Fields tries to sell his own jersey at Modells:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9tvpiJkBgA

Jon K. is being modest... he actually braved Ohio... OHIO PEOPLE! solely in order to get to that Lucky Barstool and INSURE a win over the Celtics. THAT is dedication. (Family and friends was just a smokescreen so the Celtics fans wouldn't get wind of it.)Posted by: 63 Footer | February 11, 2011 at 01:03 PM
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"sniff" "sniff" and he did it for US! The Lakers Nation. My GOD OHIO!!! NO, NO, NO!!!! THE HORROR!!!! We must create a special medal just for this, for such bravery as this will not be seen in our time again...JON K. WE SALUTE YOU MY BROTHER!!! OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!

If moves invalidate past victories, then the "Lakers as currently situated" have 5 championships, while the "Celtics as currently situated" have 1 championship. Face it. The greatness of the Celtics is a thing of the past. Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | February 11, 2011 at 01:05 PM
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NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!! PREACH LTLF, PREACH!!!


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